Wednesday's Lip Sync Battle will air opposite the third Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But viewers tuning into the Spike show with the intention of escaping the misery of the election for just a few minutes will still be forced to look at Donald Trump, because Joan of Arcadia actress Amber Tamblyn will be doing a really gross Trump impression while lip-syncing Color Me Badd's "I Wanna Sex You Up."
This episode of Lip Sync Battle is a half-reunion of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, with Tamblyn going up against Superstore's America Ferrera. In a preview released Monday, Tamblyn-as-Trump gives outspoken Clinton supporter Ferrera a lap dance while mouthing along to the notoriously raunchy 1991 song in front of banners that say "I <3 Hispanics" and "Make [photo of America Ferrera] Great Again."
It's questionable to make a lighthearted joke about Donald Trump making women sexually uncomfortable at this point in the campaign — a dozen women have publicly alleged that Trump sexually assaulted them as of this writing — but this episode was taped before the Access Hollywood audio was released, so the issue wasn't as dire then as it is now.
What's inexplicable is Lip Sync Battle cannibalizing itself — Josh Gad did a Trump impression last season, with the Frozen star doing a surreal routine to the Divinyls' "I Touch Myself" in a January episode.
Lip Sync Battle airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Spike.